Perceptions Of Attitudes Towards Statistics

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2 Background

In this section, we discuss the current literature available pertaining to attitudes towards statistics along with the theoretical perspective on certain aspects of attitudes, statistical reasoning, and the statistics education reform movement in order to determine what role attitudes toward statistics may have on secondary level mathematics teachers who teach statistics. Firstly, we provide a literature review on teacher’s attitudes toward statistics followed by a discussion on the two aspects of attitudes towards statistics. Afterward, the reform movement in statistics education is discussed alongside with the recommendations given by GAISE for the reform movement. With developing statistical reasoning being a major goal of statistics learning we discuss it before we finally discuss the construction of the framework of attitude for our instrument.

2.1 Literature about Attitudes toward statistics

In the current literature available, we found that Martins, Estrada, and Nascimento analyzed subjective data which revealed negative attitudes towards statistics in various aspects of elementary Portuguese teachers (2012). The two aspects are the pedagogical and the anthropological aspect which each aspect has three components. These aspects helped reveal the negative attitude towards the usefulness of statistics to understand the world as well as the use of statistics outside and inside the classroom. The fact that attitudes can be positive or negative
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